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"Fve located the figures on Association costs," Mr. Sills
said, and coughed again, dryly, matter-of-factly, this time.
" Based on the thousand pounds. Of course, next year, if we
increase the poundage in the Association warehouses, we
automatically reduce the costs per thousand pounds. But
they are not exorbitant now. I just thought I'd go over these
figures another time before we discussed the new offers."
Mr. Sills coughed once more, now apologetically.

In his dry, monotonous voice, Mr. Sills was reading his list
of figures.

Even after the offers had been read, and the chairman had
asked for an expression of sentiment, Mr. Munn did not
sense a fundamental difference between this meeting and
meetings of the past; or even when the Senator, after Mr.
Christian had slammed the table and said "Hell, no," and
the others had indecisively dropped into silence, began to
speak in a calm, restrained voice, the very falling cadences
of which carried an impression of tolerance and finality. He
had, he said, foreseen this moment, and had tried to prepare
Ms mind for it, the moment when they would discover a
division of policy in the board. But that would not impair
their harmony of purpose, he was sure. He said that the
time had come to sell, that now was the time to forget the
past and to think of the future. They had won a victory. No
one could deny that. And next year a greater victory. And
to reach an agreement with the companies would do much
to relieve the tension which had resulted in those irrespon-
sible acts of violence in Hunter County which had so
embarrassed the Association. He felt it his duty, as a citizen
and as a member of the Association board, to vote for an
immediate acceptance of the several offers.

*' There is one more thing/' Mr. Peacham said, breaking in
almost before Senator Tolliver had ceased, "and that's the
fact that we've got to sell soon, anyway. If we are left with
any substantial amount of this season's crop in the ware-
houses, we're ruined, and no doubt about that We know
we're close to the edge now. We can't borrow much more